I’ve been reading your menu plan posts for months, and was interested to see your post on your planning process. I can see how planning things out can help with your budget-but what if you don’t FEEL like eating what’s on the menu? Doesn’t planning a menu tie you down?
Well Sara, I’m so glad you have enjoyed reading my weekly menu menu plans and that you found my How I Plan a Weekly Menu post informative!
Honestly, I don’t find menu planning to be restrictive at all. Usually the family is more than happy to eat whatever I put in front of them. I have never had my husband or kids say “oh no, I didn’t feel like eating spaghetti tonight”.
Then again, maybe I just have them well trained! But I’ll let you in on a little secret:
I don’t always follow my menu plan!
I know, I know. It’s shocking. Sometimes life intervenes. I don’t get a meal started in time, or I forget to defrost something. I’m out of an ingredient that I need and don’t feel like substituting. We just decide to eat out or wind up getting together with friends to BBQ.
And that’s OK. Really. It’s your plan, it’s your tool. A menu plan is there to make your life easier, not miserable. Switch things around. Drop a meal. Make something else occasionally. It’s up to you. I promise, the menu plan police are not going to break down your door and arrest you.
Menu planning really can help you to cut back on food waste, save money, and reduce supper time stress. Please, don’t let the thought of having to stick to a schedule keep you from trying it out!
What do you guys think? Do you menu plan? Does it feel restrictive to you?